STATEWIDE – More people are likely to be enjoying outdoor activities over the long holiday weekend, but it can also be a time for more accidents and mishaps.
Maine is known for its outdoor activities, but it’s a vast place which makes it very hard to find you if things go wrong. Wardens say the key is to always tell someone where you are going.
“Stick to that plan. Leave numbers. Try to pinpoint the location you are going to be at and if you change your plan let somebody know,” said Warden Shannon Fish of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Whether you are hiking, riding a horse on trails, boating, going out on an ATV, taking pictures in the wilderness or any other activity, wardens say you need to plan ahead.
“Take the required necessities that you need with you, so in the event you have an unforeseen issue that pops up you can be prepared for it,” Fish said.
Fish said the best advice is just be aware of your surroundings and look things over. Check for water that is moving fast or other boaters that might be acting recklessly.
Every year wardens are called to accidents. They say some of those are fatalities that could have been prevented with one very simple act.
“Wear those life preservers in a boating situation. There’s no reason why you can’t. I know it’s sunny but in the end when you go into the water and you’ve got an injury or something bad is happening, things are going to save your life and all of that lifesaving stuff is called preparedness,” said Fish.